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ADA SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR SOUTHEASTERN REGION BUSINESSES

 ADA SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR SOUTHEASTERN REGION BUSINESSES
 ATLANTA, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Southeastern businesses will have


an opportunity to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at a seminar on June 3 at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 The seminar, which covers the most sweeping civil rights legislation since 1964, is co-sponsored by the Southeast Regional Chapter of the National Alliance of Business (NAB), the National Organization on Disability (NOD), and CIGNA Special Benefits Companies.
 "What You Absolutely Must Know About the ADA" will address the employment and hiring aspects of Title I of the ADA, which goes into effect July 26, 1992, for employers with 25 or more employees. The session will also cover the public accommodation requirements, Title III, which went into effect on Jan. 26, 1992. These rules require businesses to make jobs, goods and services accessible to people with disabilities.
 Title I requires employers to thoroughly examine their employment process from the initial interview to testing, benefit plans and physical examinations. It also requires them to make accommodations for applicants and employees who are disabled and current employees who may become disabled.
 A panel of three experts will conduct the half-day seminar. Special counsel to the Disability 2000 -- CEO Council of NOD, Carolyn Gray, a partner in the Washington office of Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C., will discuss workforce trends for the 1990s. She will also give an overview of Title III of the ADA. This overview will include changes in eligibility criteria, modifications of policies, practices and procedures, providing auxiliary aids and services, and the removal of barriers. Gray is the former commissioner for the Administration on Developmental Disabilities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Director for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration.
 Thomas J. Bender, chairman of the Labor and Employee Benefits Department for Saul, Ewing, Remick and Saul of Philadelphia, will give an overview of Title I of the ADA. His presentation will cover job criteria, reasonable accommodation and undue hardship, employer defenses, and physical examinations and standardized employment tests.
 Eric Reisenwitz, vice president-national accounts for CIGNA Special Benefits Companies, will discuss how the ADA will affect employee benefits from a disability insurer's perspective. He will address underwriting rules, disability management as a model, reasonable accommodation for employees returning to the workplace, and practical examples from rehabilitation cases.
 NAB is a business organization dedicated to establishing an internationally competitive American workforce. Its Southeast Regional Chapter covers Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. NOD is a private, non- profit organization dedicated to the full participation of disabled people in all aspects of life. The Council educates businesses about hiring and accommodating people with disabilities. CIGNA Special Benefits Companies are the second-largest providers of group disability insurance in the nation.
 The seminar fee is $75 for NAB members and $100 for non-members. For further information, contact the National Alliance of Business at 100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 1800, Atlanta, Ga., 30303, or phone 404-522-9350.
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 /CONTACT: James S. Ely of CIGNA Special Benefits Companies, 215-761-4759, or Deborah Lum of the National Alliance on Business, 404-522-9350/ CO: National Alliance of Business; National Organization on Disability;
 CIGNA Special Benefits Companies ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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